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Small-Group Delhi Slum Tour: Sanjay Colony provided by Reality Tours & Travel

Small-Group Delhi Slum Tour: Sanjay Colony

Small-Group Delhi Slum Tour: Sanjay Colony
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Tour snapshot
Explore a Delhi slum with a guide to navigate so you don’t get lost
Duration:
1h 45m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
18
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
See a different side of Delhi by visiting a slum—Sanjay Colony. Going on a guided tour is a safe way to visit the area, and means you won’t get lost in the maze-like surroundings. Visit a local school, temples, homes, and small businesses, and hear stories about local residents, community spirit, and what life is like living in a slum.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 45m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Get a glimpse of local life and visit homes, a school, and local businesses
  • Pick from a morning or afternoon tour to suit your schedule
  • Enjoy an intimate small-group tour limited to six people
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 45m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Get a glimpse of local life and visit homes, a school, and local businesses
  • Pick from a morning or afternoon tour to suit your schedule
  • Enjoy an intimate small-group tour limited to six people
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6283DELSLUM
Important information
Inclusions
  • Local Guide
  • Water / Cold Drink
Exclusions
  • Hotel/Residence pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Duration
1h 45m
Departure details
  • Rajiv Chowk, Block B, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India We meet outside Gate no 1 of Rajiv Chowk Metro Station, B- Block, Inner Circle, Connaught Place, Opposite Wild Craft Showroom
  • Metro Station Harkesh Nagar Okhla, Sanjay Colony, Harkesh Nagar, Okhla Industrial Estate, New Delhi, Delhi 110020 We meet outside Gate 2 at Harkesh Nagar Okhla Metro Station
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note that dress codes are conservative throughout India; modest and respectful clothing that covers the shoulders and knees is required
  • A significant portion of the proceeds from your local tour operator goes back into the local community to support a variety of educational projects
  • Out of respect for its residents, no photography is permitted while in Sanjay Colony
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
Inclusions
  • Local Guide
  • Water / Cold Drink
Exclusions
  • Hotel/Residence pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Rajiv Chowk, Block B, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India We meet outside Gate no 1 of Rajiv Chowk Metro Station, B- Block, Inner Circle, Connaught Place, Opposite Wild Craft Showroom
  • Metro Station Harkesh Nagar Okhla, Sanjay Colony, Harkesh Nagar, Okhla Industrial Estate, New Delhi, Delhi 110020 We meet outside Gate 2 at Harkesh Nagar Okhla Metro Station
Duration
1h 45m
Return details
  • Harkesh Nagar Okhla Metro Station, Maharaja Anangpal Tanwar Marg, Harkesh Nagar, Okhla Industrial Estate, New Delhi, Delhi 110020, India This tour will end at the Harkesh Nagar Okhla metro station which will provide easy connectivity with the rest of the city.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note that dress codes are conservative throughout India; modest and respectful clothing that covers the shoulders and knees is required
  • A significant portion of the proceeds from your local tour operator goes back into the local community to support a variety of educational projects
  • Out of respect for its residents, no photography is permitted while in Sanjay Colony
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travelers
Itinerary
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Sanjay Colony market All surplus store
    Stop: 105 minutes
    This tour will visit Sanjay Colony, a small slum located in South Delhi. Although the area is mainly residential, the community is a hive of activity due to the many industries here
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  • You'll end at
    Harkesh Nagar Okhla Metro Station
    Maharaja Anangpal Tanwar Marg, Harkesh Nagar, Okhla Industrial Estate, New Delhi, Delhi 110020, India
    This tour will end at the Harkesh Nagar Okhla metro station which will provide easy connectivity with the rest of the city.
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Mary-Ellen C
8 contributions
Friends
I did this tour with a friend at the end of our two week visit to India. We also opted for lunch with a family afterwards.

There were so many great aspects of this tour. Our guide, was the first female guide - Shehnaz - in India, so it was great to hear about life in India from a womans perspective.

Everyone in the colony were so friendly and warm. We had more smiles, and hellos, in the two hours we were there, almost in our whole time in India.

We felt very lucky to visit the Colony and was amazed at the work ethic of everyone who lives there and the wonderful community spirit.

The colony a thriving mini-city and was so fantastic to see and experience. Our hosta fir lunch provided an incredibly beautiful curry and warmly shared with us stories of their life.

Meeting at Connaight Place is great, as you get experience if the metro and confidence to do other trips (which we did).

This was a highlight of our trip. Highly, highly recommended. And ask for Shehnaz as she is a terrific guide with so much generous knowledge to share. She walks through the colony like a celebrity and received and gave many hugs along the trip.
Written 24 January 2020
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Paul S
1 contribution
Friends
As the children were not at school due to a public holiday ,we had great company 👍. It was a real pleasure to meet with the people. We were made very welcome and had a great time. We have been with this company in Mumbai, they put a lot of the excursion money back into the community. What a great company.
Written 8 May 2022
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miaaleonard
New Delhi, India1 contribution
Couples
We participated in the Sanjay Colony (slum) tour in New Delhi, and the least we can say is that it was truly mind-expanding and heartwarming for us, whilst being profoundly empowering for the local community.

We visited many parts of this fascinating "city inside the city", such as a local primary school, a hindu temple and the community's hospital, which are as humble as they are full of life, smells, colours and stirringly beautiful children and people who made us feel very welcome in their living space, offering us their sincere smiles and coming up to us to hold our hands throughout the visit.

Our guide Shehnaz, a young woman from Delhi, as well as her intern Kavita, a Sanjay Colony native, were absolutely lovely, knowledgeable, friendly and full of love and respect for the colony's unique culture and people, which made for an amazingly insightful tour presenting both the obvious difficulties of this underprivileged community, but also its inherent beauty, spirituality and liveliness.

We're so thankful, this experience honestly couldn't have been better. Reality Tours is such an impactful and important project which brings jobs, wealth and progress to local communities as well as awareness to privileged travellers.

Thank you all so much!

~ Mia & Antoine ❤️
Written 25 August 2018
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Kassandra_13
Toulouse, France11 contributions
Family
We are a family of six and we went on the Sanjay Colony Tour with Vijay who still lives with his family in this part of Delhi. Before booking the tour we were not completely sure if it's a good idea to visit a so called slum but the fact that the guides come from this community, that photographs are not allowed and that 80 % of the fee is invested in a training project for young people in this community convinced us in the end.
Vijay and one trainee (sorry, I can't remember her name) met us at the metro station and walked us to Sanjay Colony. Vijay is an excellent guide, super friendly, easy going and he gave us loads of interesting information about life in this community.
We learned about health, education, religion, working conditions and life in Delhi as a whole. It was very interesting, inspiring and it shows that we have to ask ourselves questions concerning our way of life and the impact on others.
He also encouraged us to ask questions which he readily answered. We also visited the Reality Gives office where young people from the community can have training in English, Computer and Life Skills which clearly is very useful for those who want to improve their opportunities.
After the tour Vijay took us to his house where we met his parents and where we had a very good lunch.
I can only say that you should not hesitate to go on this tour. Thank you so much Vijay,
you are an excellent guide and we wish you and Reality Tours the very best.
If ever we come back to India you will see us again on one of your tours !
Written 22 August 2018
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Nicholson
2 contributions
Friends
The thought of a tour through a slum in Delhi was very exciting to me particularly after reading the book Shantaram. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but it was a truly interesting insight into the colony and doubly valuable for the youth attempting to make a better life for themselves. We used Reality Gives to book our tour which was led by a young woman Hema who Grew up in a nearby slum. Hema was a most knowledgeable and inspiring guide who obviously loved her work. We travelled by metro with Hema to Sanjay colony and then headed to an area there where locals sorted material off cuts to on sell or use as stuffing and then to a printing business. We visited a local home, a doctors surgery, a temple and school, meandering through the rabbit warren of streets. The final stop is the Reality Gives headquarters in Delhi where Hema explained the positive impact of the organization through teaching local youth. You can also buy great gifts at the end which further assists in funding the organization. A must do tour, not only for a fascinating experience, but a great contribution to the local community. It was very affordable at about $23.00 Australian dollars. And yes, it’s safe. 🙏🏻
Written 2 February 2020
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Marylin E
Bath, UK76 contributions
We done this tour the day before we left Delhi. I wasn’t convinced that it was something I wanted to see but I have to say I am very glad I did. It gives you a very real perspective and insight into how so many people live in the Sanjay colony. Vijay was our guide, he was very informative and explained about the work that goes on there, garment recycling and lots of manufacture and we seen a lot of Next clothing labels on the floor. He said about the number of people living in the area, approximately 50,000! in around 25 acres of land. We went into a house to see how the family in there lived then climbed up some very steep steps onto their roof to get a birdseye view of the community. We seen many of the children from the school who were very friendly and appeared a lot happier than kids at school here do! Vijay showed us the doctors surgery and explained about health issues that can be present in this environment and how they are dealt with on a day to day basis. There are very few families which have toilets and washing facilities and we seen several children rolling barrels of water through the narrow alleys to take to their homes. It truly is warren like and you would not want to try and navigate it without a guide. We ended the tour by visiting a couple of classes where several women were learning computer skills, then into the office of reality tours. Vijay explained as we were going around that 80% of the money collected from the tours goes back into Sanjay Colony, that the guides have all been brought up there and indeed many of them still live there so they are exceedingly knowledgeable and passionate about the colony. You are not allowed to take photos which I do totally understand but I so wish we could have as people being able to see for themselves how so many people live would be a very sobering experience indeed. It was a truly fascinating insight into life in such a colony and a most unforgettable experience for us all.
Written 21 November 2019
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xmassss
Pune, India322 contributions
We had a great experience. Such a learning tour, full of information, nice stories and lovely contacts with people leaving in the slums. Worth while doing this tour to have an authentic view of the life in the slums to remove potential prejudices and learn how much dignity and generosity you find there. The guide, Hema, is fully of enthusiasm and very knowledgeable to give invaluable insights to make the visit very exciting.
Written 26 October 2019
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Maria M
7 contributions
Do this tour to see a little bit of how it is to live in a slum in Delhi. The guide was very informed. He met us on time at the meeting point and guided us through till returning us to the metro.

Know that you are not allowed to take pictures which I appreciated!
Written 14 May 2019
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Tanja Knapp
Vancouver, Canada60 contributions
Couples
The first day of our India adventure we put ourselves into the knowledgeable hands of Reality India to experience the Sanjay Colony, a small slum in the south of Delhi. Signing up online was easy, directions to the meeting point straight forward. Our guide Chittaranjan met us on time and in a friendly, outgoing and professional manner. A 20-minutes metro ride took us to Sanjay.

We were introduced to the doctor who provides free service out of his miniature 3 square meters office. We shook many tiny hands of tiny children welcoming us with their brightest smiles (not begging). We learned about residential life (yes Amazon prime delivers the next day) and about small scale cloth recycling businesses. We passed cows, dogs, no cats, no chickens and enjoyed the view from a rooftop. We were invited to warm our hands on a small fire and witnessed how despite the challenging living conditions, the slum remains an area charged with positive energy and strong community.

80% of the profits of Reality Tours & Travels are used to support local development projects. So not only did we have an authentic travel experience but we also learned about our guides Chittaranjan dream to become an artist and supported empowerment through education. We were never asked to buy anything and followed the website's suggestion to donate pens for the school project.

We didn't experience any bad smells. Good, closed walking shoes are recommended. Out of respect for the residence Reality Tour asks not to take pictures but offers some on their website.

Because we enjoyed this tour so much, we booked the Old Delhi Street Food Tour two days later with the student Naresh, who lives at Sanjay Colony. The food was super tasty with a great variety. Both tours are highly recommended.
Written 19 April 2019
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Leanne
United Kingdom9 contributions
Myself and a friend booked this tour and absolutely loved it. We spent 2 days in Delhi and this was by far the highlight of our trip. It is a must do for anyone visiting Delhi. You will have the chance to see both sides of the city and will have your perception of ‘slums’ changed. Our guide Sam was absolutely brilliant. He was very informative and we felt totally safe the entire time we were on the tour. Thank you Sam! We recommend you try the Chai tea at the end of the tour. Best chai tea ever!! Unfortunately now I’m disappointed by every chai tea I’ve tasted since. Thank you so much for this experience. Leanne and Romina
Written 19 March 2019
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